‘Is it not clear that what the Holy Spirit does in human beings is allow them to have love and affection in them?’ (St Augustine, On the First Epistle of St John, 6.9)
May 2010 News
After all the excitements of Lent this year, we have had a relatively uneventful Easter period, with the Guest House quiet after the Easter break, although Marymount has been busy as usual. Spring has bought us lovely weather, with the gardens looking beautiful, and sounding the same, thanks to the birds. The blue tit resident in Fr Peter’s nest box at the front of the house is feeding its chicks. We welcome Charles-Hubert from Hungary to join Agnes working in the Guest House; his first assignment was to take some of the lovely photos on this month’s news!
We were delighted to have a full Guest House for the Triduum and Easter week. Fr Peter celebrated the Maundy Thursday and Easter Vigil Masses, while Fr Dixie presided on Good Friday and Easter Sunday morning. (Fr Dixie’s Good Friday sermon here). We also took the opportunity to welcome family and friends to eat with the Community in the Refectory over the same period. We are very grateful to friends who gave us so many lovely gifts over Easter, including the flowers in Chapel.
On Wednesday 7th April Sr Ildiko joined the ladies’ group in St Charles to share her experience of living as a Catholic in Communist Hungary. Her presence and input were greatly appreciated.
Sr Margaret gave a talk entitled ‘Thought for Food’ to a group at St Catherine’s, Penrith, on 14th April. This was in preparation for the National Justice and Peace Conference which will this year be on ethical issues connected with food and food production. The parishioners produced a superb buffet made from locally sourced food to accompany the discussion after the talk.
On 19th April, Fr Dixie went to Ampleforth to lead a few days’ retreat for the monks working in the parishes, on the theme of discipleship in Mark.
A Marymount Musical Afternoon on the theme of ‘the music of birds’ was held on April 14th.
Members of staff from Marymount and the Kitchen availed of the opportunity of Nutrition Training which included looking at malnutrition in the elderly - not a problem likely to occur in Boarbank !
Four Sisters attended the WI Spring Fair in Allithwaite Community Centre and had a very enjoyable time. We are most grateful to the Ladies for their generosity and welcome and hope that it was a great success. Sr Anne had a very successful day on the raffles - we wonder if she will be banned next year!
We were saddened to hear of the death of Doris Marshall, a faithful parishioner of St Charles and great friend of Sr Yvonne. Members of the Community including Sr Yvonne were pleased to join the family for the funeral and offer their condolences. May she rest in peace.
On 25th April, Good Shepherd Sunday, in keeping with Bishop Michael’s Pastoral letter, we had a period of Expostion of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction to pray for vocations and also to pray in thanksgiving for our priests who have loved and served faithfully and continue to do so.
The Good Shepherd window in Boarbank Chapel
Possibly by the time you read this, we will have a new government. There are difficult times ahead for whoever is given the responsibility, in the state as in the Church, and they will need the goodwill and prayers of us all.
Guests enjoying the good weather
Celebrating a birthday
All in the family
In response to the Bishops’ Statement on Child Abuse we will be joining many others in making the four Fridays in May special days of reparation and atonement. We will have a period of adoration to pray for healing, forgiveness and renewed commitment. This will be in the Chapel from 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. and we welcome anyone who can join us in person or in spirit as we pray for all those involved on their journeys of healing and forgiveness or repentance and atonement.
The annual Coffee Morning will take place as usual on the second bank holiday in May, Monday 31st, beginning at 9.30 a.m. Anyone interested in helping or offering goods to sell should contact Sr Elizabeth Mary. Please do come along, and bring all your friends!
We are now taking bookings for Thinking Faith, our week for Catholic students and young professionals. This is the sixth year that we are running this, and they have all been very enjoyable events. Please do encourage anyone you know who may be interested to get in touch with Sr Margaret@Boarbank. There is more information on our web page for Thinking Faith. We are also taking bookings for the Health and Salvation week from 15th-20th November, on the theme of ‘Health and Community’.
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